This arugula and nectarine salad with a fresh basil dressing is a gorgeous and delicious salad for summer or fall! The colours and flavours will definitely brighten up your menu! Gluten-free and vegetarian.
A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to do a food demonstration involving local and nutritious foods for a local fall fair.
While generally it might take me a bit of time and research to come up with an idea to suit the theme, for this particular event, it literally took me 2 seconds to come up with something to prepare.
I immediately thought about one of my favourite salads of all times.
This gorgeous arugula and nectarine salad with a fresh basil dressing.
The nectarines were local and in season, I had LOTS of fresh basil in the garden and the salad was easy enough to throw together in less than 15 minutes.
Plus, I absolutely love the beautiful fall colours in this salad with the green and orange.
And the dressing?
To die for!
So it turns out when I made the salad, the audience happened to be really hungry. After seeing how delicious this salad looked, they were all dying to try some.
I had brought some little cups with me just in case anyone wanted to sample some of the food that I was preparing.
It turns out, they were looking for a little more.
One of the gentlemen in the audience went on a hunt to find plates because apparently the little cups weren’t good enough.
Next thing I knew, he returned with a bunch of paper plates that he had mooched off of some café on site and I suddenly had a line up of people waiting for me to heap up some of this salad onto their plate.
Well, just like I anticipated, it turned out to be a huge hit.
It’s pretty hard to find something not to love about this salad!
- 1 box (5 oz) arugula
- 2 ripe nectarines, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
- 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp maple syrup
- Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
- Add all of the ingredients for the dressing to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- In a large bowl toss all ingredients together with desired amount of dressing.
Nutrients per serving:
Servings: 6 • Calories: 164 • Fat: 15 g • Carbohydrates: 8 g • Fibre: 2 g • Protein: 3 g • Sugar: 5 g • Sodium: 54 mg • Cholesterol: 3 mg